SUZANNE SIMARD’S MOTHER TREE PROJECT IN OUR BACKYARD
Professor Suzanne Simard of UBC, Canada’s world renowned forest scientist, will present her Mother Tree Project—discovery and proof of the fungal and root connections of trees—at the Magic Of The Six Mountains, October 2, in the Cowichan Performing Arts Centre. Tickets on sale now.
Ecologists, biologists, and some foresters are talking about the consciousness of the forests, of interconnectedness between trees, the land and us. We are beginning to understand what Elders have been trying to warn us—we all need each other not only to survive but to thrive.
Enter Professor Suzanne Simard, forging a path through science. Millions of people have seen her Ted Talks (see How Trees Talk To Each Other). She is featured in the bestselling book, The Hidden Life of Trees, by German forester Peter Wohlleben. Suzanne will be presenting to our Valley with her great friend, Andy MacKinnon.
Andy, a retired Professional Forester, Biologist, and President of the S. Vancouver Island Mycological Society, has co-authored six best-selling books on native plants and fungi. The Ancient Forest Alliance calls him "The Rock Star of Botanists.” Many will remember him from the Secret Of The Six Mountains public meeting. Between them, Suzanne and Andy will tell the story of the communication, sharing, and interdependence of a forest.
Our community is about to engage in a formal process where we will decide how our municipal government will caretake the 5,000 hectare Community Forest. There is no municipally owned forest like it on the continent. It is an enormous responsibility.
With Suzanne and Andy here to present and answer questions, we will have the opportunity to become more informed about forest ecology and hence better placed to make wise decisions about its well-being. On October 2, as a community, we will be able to probe the depths of our relationship with the forests, to move beyond the surface level of the forest debate begun last November.
We are still asking for pause of all logging until there is real public engagement about the future of the Community Forests. What this will be is still unfolding. The Magic Of The Six Mountains will be the time and place to reconnect and recommit as a public voice.